Universal Robots Introduce First Virtual Expo with Collaborative Robots to Automate Machine Tending Tasks

Universal Robots | February 15, 2021

Universal Robots' Machine Tending Expo is ready to show how manufacturers are going to take advantage of tasks by automating machine tending with collaborative robots. Universal Robots introduces the first virtual expo which will be important to keep equipment running in manufacturing factories. It’s not shocking; a lot of U.S. manufacturers are redesigning their workforce architecture with automation with machine tending. It has now become one of the most sought-after applications to automate.

Upon this development, Joe Campbell, Senior Manager of Applications Development at Universal Robots (UR) mentions that the Machine Tending Expo will help manufacturers to end all tedious and potentially dangerous jobs that prevailed before. The attendees at the Expo will be able to visit virtual booths. These will feature a wide range of turnkey solutions and application kits for easy deployment of machines. In live demos and educational keynotes, manufacturers will learn all the ins and outs of machine tending with UR cobots.

On display: New Robot Tending Systems

Universal Robots is building a fast-expanding network of Certified System Integrators (CSI). As many CSIs not only offer help with UR cobot deployment but also develop turnkey robot tending systems and robot-machine communication.

Alex Webster, owner of UR CSI SDMS Robotics has helped all kinds of machines to include UR cobots. This is the essential technology. It was needed to bring robots to be used for machine tending. Calling Universal Robots as the most important step forward in machine shop automation since the advent of CNC was a definite aim altogether. It is now the pallet changer as well as the bar feeder. At the Expo, SDMS will bring in the SDMS Machine Tending System. It will consist of the UR10e cobot arm, SDMS’s robot interface system, and specially-designed robot mount.

Often, manufacturers need help to get started. With cobot automation, they can become autonomous and do DIY projects easily. This is the goal for UR CSI Revtech Systems, which included the launch of the new CNC Loader Revflex at the Expo. On the other side, Brian Knopp, general manager of UR CSI ProCobots, emphasizes that buying a standardized machine tending system eliminates the mystery and misery of work manufacturers face during navigating a fragmented market of cobot products and accessories. Therefore, this will be showcasing practical CNC machine automation solutions of the company with UR cobots.

Besides, with the UR+ platform, Universal Robots also launched the industry’s most comprehensive ecosystem of products. These are certified to incorporate with UR cobots seamlessly. Many UR+ partners at the Expo will also display new machine tending that is related to UR+ products and Application Kits. Among them is Robotiq. It will launch the CNC machine tending kit at the same time.

Adam Schmidt, Director of Sales for Americas in Robotiq will also present the "8 Key Learnings in CNC Machine Tending Cell Deployment from 13 Years of Experience," at the Expo. The company’s Expo will feature solutions and products. On a similar note, Robotiq will also provide to simplify the design and programming of a CNC machine tending cell deployment.

Manufacturers visiting UR+ partner New Scale Robotics’ Expo booth will find out the outstanding benefits of enhanced machine tending with real-time part measurement.

Cobots are Always Monitored

Functional cobots can show a new set of programming and logistical complexities. UR+ partner Flexxbotics’ mission has the aim to free robots from being fixed in place. At the Expo, Flexxbotics will also present attendees about the Flexx Connect product platform. And how it provides localization and communication tools to redeploy UR cobots on multiple jobs and stations. Also, how it will drive the utilization rate of the robot while reducing the time to achieve a positive ROI.

Apart from this, remotely cobot monitoring is also another key to machine uptime. In the live demo, UR OEM partner Hirebotics will present the usage of the company’s software platform, and how Beacon will allow manufacturers to fully monitor the capabilities by cloud-connecting their cobots through a smartphone app. Through this, manufacturers will get real-time access to program variables, IO, and log files and would receive alerts whenever production is down.

About Universal Robots

Universal Robots (UR), founded in 2005 is known for making robot technology accessible to all. The technology is accessible by developing user-friendly, small, and reasonably priced. The flexible collaborative robots (cobots) can be safe to work side by side with the intervention of people. Since the first cobot that got launched in 2008, the company has experienced significant growth with the user-friendly cobot now worldwide. The company as a part of Teradyne Inc. is headquartered in Odense, Denmark. It has regional offices in Germany, the United States, Spain, France, UK, Italy, Poland, Czech Republic, Romania, Hungary, Turkey, Russia, India, China, Japan, Singapore, Taiwan, South Korea, and Mexico.

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